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Creating and using videos in your teaching

Last updated: December 23, 2020, 3:51 p.m.

What's the difference between lecture capture and other kinds of video?

Lecture capture typically refers to the recording of a live lecture in order to share it digitally. They are meant to serve as a "copy" of the lecture for students to review as study guides, for difficult concepts or in the event of an absence. In general, the practice of lecture capture makes a course much more accessible, especially when lectures are captioned.

Recordings made out-of-class are typically produced to support online, flipped or blended learning. These can be video lectures you made from your computer in the same way as you use lecture capture in the classroom, or any other kind of video you made using your computer, phone or tablet.

YuJa: Concordia's lecture capture and video publishing tool

YuJa is a web-based software solution that is installed on all classroom computers across both campuses and can be freely downloaded by Concordia faculty and staff to any computer. This solution has two main purposes:

  1. to "capture" (record) lectures as you present audio accompanied by what is displayed on your screen (and, optionally, video)
  2. to act as a secure video-hosting site where videos are stored and made available to students through Moodle.

With Yuja, it is possible to:

  • Record live lectures in the classroom and make available on Moodle
  • Record lectures from your home computer and make available on Moodle
  • Upload videos created using other software to your YuJa Media folder to make available on Moodle
  • Upload videos you shot with your phone or tablet while in the field
  • Edit the video in the online video editor
  • Automatically add captions to your videos

These videos are one way to make your face-to-face course more accessible and to support online and blended learning, and the flipped classroom approach.

For more information about YuJa, refer to the IITS Lecture Capture page and the YuJa Quickstart Guide.

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